October 5, 2014
Why do Christians pray in the first place?
Why do Christians pray in the first place? Long-time prayers may see this as an obvious question, but many people who have practiced Christianity for some time may not know the reasons behind it. The Catholic Church defines it this way:
“Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God.” (CCC 2559)
We have seen both kinds of prayer here at Holy Land Prayer. Some people send in requests from God. God is all-powerful, and cares deeply about everyone on Earth. Yet we cannot expect that God will fulfill our every thinking wish. This is erroneous, and our world would be quite scary if we got everything we ever wanted! Instead, we must humbly ask him for assistance and allow His wisdom to guide our lives.
Prayer is the route to forming a personal relationship with God. People who pray regularly can feel the connection between themselves and God grow stronger when communing with Him. The same applies to prayer toward Mary and the Saints as well. The more we pray, the more we can sense the security that prayer brings us and also teaches us how dependent we are upon God and his power.
There are four main types of prayer:
Prayers of Adoration: These are prayers where we express praise and honor to God because of His glory. We praise God to lift ourselves up to His level, let go of our worldly concerns, and rest in His love. Here is part of an Adoration prayer written by Saint Faustina:
“I adore You, Lord and Creator, hidden in the Most Blessed Sacrament. I adore You for all the works of Your hands, that reveal to me so much wisdom, goodness and mercy, O Lord. You have spread so much beauty over the earth and it tells me about Your beauty, even though these beautiful things are but a faint reflection of You, incomprehensible Beauty. And although You have hidden Yourself and concealed Your beauty, my eye, enlightened by faith, reaches You and my soul recognizes its Creator, its Highest Good, and my heart is completely immersed in prayer of adoration.”
Prayers of Petition: These prayers are about asking for things from God, including asking for his forgiveness when we confess our sins and repent. God always gives us what we need, but not always what we want and not in the time frame that you may desire. However, know that God is always listening, always loving you, and wants to know your needs. Also, as God fulfills our prayers we can also take a hand in this fulfillment by helping others with their own needs.
Prayers of Intercession: This is a prayer on behalf of other people. When we pray to the Saints or to Mary, these are prayers of intercession. They pray on behalf of us to God, and the Church encourages this type of prayer.
Prayer of Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving prayers help us to be grateful for God’s blessings both spiritual and temporal. When we recognize all the blessings that we have received and give thanks for them, we can become peaceful and content. Cultivating a spirit of gratitude through giving God thanks is an excellent way to grow your relationship to Him.
We at Holy Land Prayer encourage you to continue sending prayers to the priests and monks at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Sending your prayers to Holy Land Prayer allows priests to intercede on your behalf at the holiest place in Christianity, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. This is the place where Christ was crucified, buried, and resurrected. Believers have been coming here for centuries to offer up prayers and to come for pilgrimage.
You may have already felt God’s intercession in your life after giving your request to us. Part of our fee goes to support this holy site. You can consider it a very special tithe to the Church. Visit our site at holylandprayer.com and offer your prayer requests today.